Round 12 – Sal’s Preview: Duck and don’t touch!

Greetings All,


Try not to mix politics and footy here but they have certainly crossed paths this week.  Here we have another week in lockdown amidst some horrendous hyperbole from our leaders.  While the Victorian leadership has been positively beastly with their comments, the gold medal surely goes to the SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicole Spurrier with her advice for fans to ‘duck and don’t touch the ball’.  Then there is the Pies route to the ground along the ‘COVID corridor’.  These players are being tested regularly adhering to strict protocol, there are less than 80 cases out of 6,000,000 people in the state.  I have no issue with managing risk, but some of the language and hysteria accompanying it is ridiculous.


One more thing Nicole, as every Victorian Government Minister has reminded us all – It all started in SA!


Deestruction ($2.18) vs How’s the Weather ($1.83)


What a performance from the Demons last week completely taking away the Bulldogs game and enforcing their own.  They have their next huge challenge against the Lions who have dropped their barometer, handy one coming back though in Lachy Neale who will probably get the attention of James Harmes.  This should be a ripper with both teams who like to hit the scoreboard and look evenly matched.  The loss of Langdon could hurt the Dees not many have his running power, but do think the Gawn-Jackson combination might give them the edge.  Be very keen to these two do battle on the G later in the year, just going with Melbourne here.


Clean ($1.55) vs Dirty ($2.78)


The healthy Crows get to host the infested Pies, who would dare go and watch.  The Crows are looking OK but could not weather the Tiger storm last week, while the Pies have their contests on and off the filed now!  They lose Grundy but regain Elliott.  Just think Adelaide are going well enough to take this one.


Strung Up ($2.78) vs Fine Aarts ($1.55)


Jake Stringer showed his X-Factor last week to help lift the Bombers over a pretty insipid West Coast, they stay at the venue to take on the Premiers who found a bit last week to overrun the Crows.  They get another band member back with Shane Edwards this week looking much closer to full strength in the middle.  The loss of Nankervis gives the opportunity for a couple of young ruckmen to show their value.  The Bombers have shown their best is very good, however the Tigers best is still the best and they might get close to it.


Hard to Please ($1.36) vs Top Billings ($3.70)


The Swans got over the Blues last week but still John Longmire found four to drop from the team.  Can’t say I’d argue with any of them either – their stars just exposed the opposition when it mattered.  They host the Saints who got over North last week but their coach was equally unimpressed.  They would need to play a lot better to beat Sydney on their turf and not sure they will.


Wanna Betts ($1.65) vs Winged ($2.50)


The Blues faded but at least we got one piece of Eddie magic!  The footy department spoke of poor efforts but no one pays the price, while the Swans drop four the Blues lose Gibbons to injury!  (Their might be a couple once Sunday comes)  They don’t get a much better chance against the Eagles who have been decimated with injuries.  Personnel wise the Blues can win this, can they play out four quarters to do it?  The evidence so far says no – so I am sticking with West Coast.


Tucker Time ($3.20) vs Deemolished ($1.44)


The Dogs head to Perth with their tail between their legs after Melbourne took them apart last week, no doubt Beverige will address some of the issues and ensure the midfield finds plenty of the ball this week.  Freo were OK against Port but will be much better at home and should provide stiff opposition Ryan, Tucker and Cox will have their work cut out to keep Naughton and his cohorts quiet.  At the other end do Freo have the weaponry to exploit Cordy and Keath?  Reckon the Dogs bounce back.


Go Blues,


Cheers, Sal


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  1. Happy birthday Sal

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